9/1/03 • Vol. 127, No. 5
Students turn to web, career center for internship help
Internships: the one word that hangs over juniors' and seniors' heads as they try to get their foot in the door to the working world.
As the time comes closer to find the perfect internship for the semester, stressful questions pop into students' heads.
How does a student go about getting the dream internship that will ultimately lead to a successful career if they are on their own when it comes to finding and applying for one?
Daryl Fitzgerald of career services said one way to go about finding a job is searching on the World Wide Web.
“We have a Web site, www.fresnostatecareers.com, that helps connect students with internships that are appropriate for their major,” Fitzgerald said.
Their Web site directs students to www.monstertrak.com, where students can log in and customize a job search that complements their field of interest.
Fitzgerald also said www.internships.com is a useful job search engine.
The Career Services Center provides a job search guide that list many career finding strategies and their pros and cons.
According to the guide, searching the want ads through newspapers, journals and trade magazines takes little time to find out who's who in a certain industry.
Hitting up employment agencies will possibly get students a job in marketing or technical fields.
“Finding a part-time job is a way for a student to get training for a career while getting paid,” Fitzgerald said.
Targeted mailing, in-person visits and networking are more strategies the guide suggests.
“In order to network, students have to be familiar with the people in the industry,” Fitzgerald said. “They can talk to family members, friends or anyone they previously had a job within that field.”
The Career Services Center has shelves bursting with literature on employer information, lists of internships in any field of study and major-related information for those who do not know where to start.
On-campus recruiting and job fairs are other avenues which condenses many job opportunities into one place.
Don Beauregard, director of the internship program for the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, said the school's placement coordinator, Diana Dille, helps students find awaiting teaching positions.
“Diana has a data bank of job openings and sends information to job hopefuls,” he said.
Beauregard stated that Dille holds hiring fairs at the Fresno Convention Center where 70 to 80 school districts are present.
“School districts from as far as Los Angeles come to the fair along with districts from the Central Valley including Tulare, Fresno, Visalia, Selma, Sanger and Clovis,” he said.
“It takes place in the new exhibit hall, so you can imagine how big it is.”
Campus student or career services help prepare students for the interviewing process through workshops on résumé writing,
The Students for Community Service directs students who do not know which department or faculty member will have their career interest in mind.
Mark Harris, a business administration major, said the academic enhancement office introduced him to a life-changing internship that gave him the on-the-job training that classes could not provide.
“Maxine McDonald told me that I should look into Inroads Organization,” he said.
“It is like an agent that markets your ability to companies.”
Harris said the program offers workshops that prepare people for the job interview and the working environment.
“Your chances of getting an internship is increased,” he said. “But landing the job is on yo
Inroads provided Harris the skills he needed to get hired at Kraft Foods.
The organization continued to support Harris throughout his summer internship.
“An Inroads advisor worked with the human resource director at Kraft,” he said. “Because of that I was a part of the company team, I was not in the back filing papers.”
At Kraft Foods Harris led and wrote concepts and groundwork information for the company projects.
“I was in the company culture, I received practical skills,” he said.
“That is something that you can't learn through school.”